Red Watercolor Buffet/Dresser/TV Stand
Description: MCM 9 drawer dresser/buffet/TV stand painted in a deep Tuscan red(definitely not orange as it looks in pic). Parts were left a dark walnut and the top is a blend of colors for a faux granite look. Original hardware in oil rubbed bronze. Drawers work great and the piece is solid wood.
Grey Buffet/Coffee Bar
Description: Buffet/coffee bar painted in silver grey with pewter accents. One large drawer.
Maple Grey/Cream White Buffet
Description: Solid maple, medium sized buffet painted in dark grey and a creamy white. It has been lightly distressed. The top and dental trim have been sanded and stained in a medium walnut. We added new hardware in flat iron. 5 drawers and 2 doors for plenty of storage.
Marble/Granite Buffet, Bar, or TV Stand
Description: Bar, buffet or TV stand painted in graphite. The top is granite or marble. Not sure but it’s extremely heavy. Original hardware in dark nickel. Inside is one drawer and 2 large areas, one with a shelf. Also on wheels and finished on all 4 sides.
Navy and Bronze Dresser/Buffet
Description: Dresser/buffet painted in deep navy and drawers have a weathered look in navy, bronze and grey. The top has been stained in walnut. Metallic legs, hardware and trim give it a nice elegant look.
What is a Buffet?
It is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver, and for storage. They were first used in Sweden to lay out big spreads of food and drink, known smorgasbords.
Yes, There Is a Difference
Buffet, sideboard, server, credenza: Do you find yourself using these terms interchangeably? I sure do! After all, there’s so much overlap between these furniture types that a piece’s classification is often determined solely by its location in your home. Confusing, right? Oh, and have you heard of a huntboard? I hadn’t either, at least until reading this helpful Houzz design article that breaks down the details of these terms.
You might be asking yourself why does all of this matter? It doesn’t necessarily, especially if you already have a piece in your dining room that functions for you and meets all of your needs.
But if you’re in the market for a piece of furniture that you can use for storage and serving, you might as well know what you’re searching for, especially since many furniture manufacturers use the terms interchangeably.
Here’s what we learned about these four storage pieces:
- Sideboard: The distinguishing feature of sideboards, according to Houzz, are the short legs. The cabinets may also reach all the way to the floor.
- Buffet: There is no defining difference between a buffet and sideboard, but if the piece has relatively high legs, it may be referred to as a buffet instead of a sideboard.
- Server: A server is smaller, shorter, and more formal than a buffet or sideboard.
- Credenza: Historically a credenza referred to a piece of furniture with no legs and cabinets that reached to the floor, but many modern credenzas have legs. They’re likely to have sliding doors as well.